Ahmedabad - Mumbai - Pune route is using Electric DC line, once it will get converted to AC line it will add speed. Also IR are planing to add two more lines on this route so wait for some time. for Highspeed Train
The DC Electric system is used around Bombay (This includes Mumbai CST - Kalyan, Kalyan - Pune, Kalyan - Igatpuri, Mumbai CST - Belapur - Panvel, and Churchgate - Virar). There are plans to change this to 25kV AC by 2010. Throughout the rest of the country, on all electrified routes, AC Electric system is used.
Thanks for your information. Well, I am aware that there is 40% jack up in kms. between Roha and Mangalore, but the saving in kms by going through this route as against earlier long route will almost equalise the fares or even result in saving. eg. the kms distance between Mumbai CSTM to Trivandrum via Konkan Rly route and Via Pune earlier long route is drastically reduced. Apart from this considerable saving in travel time, one gets in bonus.
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Today's departure with 96-97 % empty seats // yes - departed with only 2-3% occupancy >> The seat position duly updated at 6.06 am (well after the train departed Surat at 6.00 am) Seat availability :- Status as of: Mon Jan 04, 2010 06:06AM The... more...
train departed Surat @ 6.00 am Chair Car AC 1st Class Rs. 420 Rs. 820 Mon Jan 04 Available 595 Available 36 Tue Jan 05 Available 546 Available 26 Wed Jan 06 Available 594 Available 30 Thu Jan 07 Available 596 Available 32 Sat Jan 09 Available 598 Available 28 Sun Jan 10 Available 602 Available 33 Mon Jan 11 Available 606 Available 33 Tue Jan 12 Available 605 Available 33 Wed Jan 13 Available 608 Available 33 Thu Jan 14 Available 607 Available 33 Sat Jan 16 Available 604 Available 33 Sun Jan 17 Available 597 Available 33 Despite the train time is very much ideal for Surat people, the occupancy level is abysmally low. Just replace this train by Jan Shatabdi type and provide both ACCC / II class compartments only. Will then be a big, big success. Also the pressure on Flying Ranee and other passing fast trains at Surat would ease. However stop at Borivali / Andheri is must for the success.